MALACCA: The Malacca Zoo is looking into ways of breeding endangered animals, including African lions and hyenas, with other menagerie in the country.
The move is to minimise the import of endangered and rare species from abroad following strict procedures imposed by local authorities and those from source nations.
The privatised Malacca Zoo has just unveiled its mini-safari and will look into ways to increase the population of the animals through “breed-share” programmes with other zoos.
The zoo is now managed under a consortium with anchor company KAJ Development Sdn Bhd as the major shareholder.
KAJ Development’s chief executive officer (group hospitality) Seow Cheng Swee said under the programme, Malacca Zoo would share its animals with other menageries for mating purposes.
“We hope other zoos will team up with us in the programme so that we could domestically breed endangered animals that are found exclusively in Africa without having to procure from overseas,” he said on Monday.
“If we link up zoological gardens, we will have the potential of having the capacity of breeding endangered animal species on our ground.”
On the mini-safari, Seow said it offered visitors a view of the animals in their natural settings when they walked through a 480m boardwalk.
He said animals, including Axis deers, oryxes and Greater kudus, were part of the exhibit at the mini-safari.